Uptown Columbus Made Simple: Market Days
Every Saturday morning, April-November, nearly 200 local and regional vendors sell fresh fruit, produce, crafts, jewelry, and antiques along the four blocks of Uptown Columbus that make up Broadway Street.
These events, or, "Market Days", as they are described by most Columbus residents, are very important to the Columbus community and the rest of the Chattahoochee Valley as a whole. Market Days reflect the creative ability and prowess of the Columbus area, and in many cases can act as a harbinger for many new businesses and startups.
Christy Moore, owner of Kilwins Ice Cream shop in Uptown Columbus stated in an interview with the Ledger-Enquirer, "The immense influx of all different types of people that participate in market days is extraordinary. It's the main reason why I decided to set up a business on Broadway. The inclusive environment was amazing."
Unfortunately, the recent rise of COVID-19 and resulting restrictions severely tarnished the prospect of having Market Days once more. However, as of April 2022, the
Communications and Events Department for Uptown Columbus has allowed for Market Days to take place again as COVID-19 restrictions ease across Georgia.
In addition, the market is not only limited to adults, teenagers ages 17+ can apply (at alwaysuptown.com) to become vendors and sell all types of products every Saturday morning. This would be a great opportunity for CHS students to not only build community service but become more connected with the Columbus environment and the diverse groups of people who take part in Market Days.